After receiving a distress call about the accident, Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in cooperation with the Canadian Coastu Guard deployed an aircraft and a helicopter on the scene, rescuing two injured crewmembers, and transported them to receive medical care. ‘CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’ was also deployed, but according to information it is still enroute.
In November 2016, the fully-laden bulk carrier ‘Nenita’ was outbound on the Columbia River, when it suffered an engine failure impacting its ability to maneuver. The vessel subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river, damaging its bulbous bow and hull.
A key finding of the Club’s investigation into auxiliary engine damage is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul, corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases, the damage occurs only a few hours after start up.
On July 14, 2016, the towing vessel ‘The Admiral’ was moored alongside barges in the La Quinta Channel, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Texas, when its starboard main engine oversped and then exploded, resulting in the death of a crewmember.
As the fishing vessel Venessa S was approaching Cabbage Tree Island, on 20 June 2017, the engine stopped and propulsion was lost. The skipper restarted the engine after several attempts, however it was too late to avoid striking the bank. Venessa S struck the bank and started taking on water.
The London P&I Club, in a joint project with Bureau Veritas and TMC Marine, issued a new booklet providing operational guidance for preventing blackout and main engine failures. The report focuses on marine engineering issues and procedures related to the prevention of loss of propulsion.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau issued the first part of its incident investigation report, regarding the loss of propulsion of the passenger cruise ship “Norwegian Star”, on 10 February 2017, off Cape Liptrap, Victoria.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority announced that Antiqua Barbuda registered vessel, that suffered engine trouble and risked running aground off the eastern coast of South Africa, on March 15th, has been successfully rescued and docked at the port of East London, on March 17th.
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